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Elaine picks brains of Scotland football team manager

Aberdeen planning solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black, captain of the Great Britain & Ireland team for this week's Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Malone Golf Club, Belfast, has had an informal chat with Scotland international team manager Gordon Strachan about preparing for international team events.

They met recently at an awards lunch and among the topics they discussed was team motivation and how to get players to perform to the best of their individual ability in a team situation. Strachan, who plays off a handicap of seven, was a member of the Aberdeen and Manchester United teams when they were managed by one of the best, if not the best, team motivators - Sir Alex Ferguson.

But professional football, a contact sport, and amateur women's golf are two different kettles of fish, and the intensity of Fergie's pre-match team talks would probably be counter-productive in a Vagliano Trophy team context!

Said Elaine at Malone Golf Club: "We have a really strong GB&I team, many of whom have played regularly and successfully against the Continent of Europe players in US college tournaments. So, although the Continent has won the last four Vagliano Trophy matches since 2007, there is no danger of our players being in awe of the opposition." 18 of the best female amateurs in Europe will be in action on Friday and Saturday. "GB and Ireland can win and we need the players to believe they can win."